Regular nail clipping, or trimming, should be part of the routine care of your pet. It is important to get your pup used to having his nails cut at an early age.
Most puppies and dogs don’t like having their paws touched, but nail clipping requires that you hold those tiny feet and toes – so it’s important to get him comfortable with this.
It is important to make a habit of holding and playing with his paws, one at a time. Reward him with treats.
This will make nail clipping a lot less stressful for you and him.
Nail clipping is essential for elderly and indoor pets, whereas outdoor pets may wear their nails down naturally. The requirement for nail trimming can vary depending on breed, age, level of exercise and the environment in which your pet is kept.
Some dogs may benefit from having the tips of their nails taken off once every week or two, however for most it will be longer than this, and you will have to decide what is right for your dog by inspecting its nails on a regular basis. Certainly, if you notice a change in the sound of your dog’s nails on hard floors this is a pretty good indication that it is time for a trim.
Cats also require nail clipping, with the frequency depending on their lifestyle. Indoor-only cats will need more regular nail trims whereas outdoor cats may naturally wear their nails and require less frequent trimming.
If you are not confident in clipping your dog or cats nails, book in for one of our friendly nurses to give your furry friend a manicure. For some pets, nail clipping can be very distressing. If this is the case, our staff will discuss what options may be suitable for your pet. Getting your loved one used to having their feet touched/nails trimmed will assist us all.
For those who need a little extra help in this department, our friendly, professional staff can provide your loved one with limited services in clinic. Our grooms are for medical needs and are performed under sedation. Our services (and packages) are priced based on the individual needs of your pet – one size doesn’t fit all, so we’ll discuss and estimate best care; which will include sedation proceedings, coat clipping & care, as well as a short hospital day stay (NB: Pre anaesthetic bloods may also be discussed here for safety) and/or any additional grooming services such as parasite prevention, nail trims aka “peticures” or ear cleaning to ensure your furry friend leaves feeling fresh as a daisy.
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Along with regular exercise and veterinary care, careful nutrition is the best way you can contribute to your pet’s prolonged good health.
These are the basic nutrients every pet needs:
Water is the most essential nutrient in any diet. Your pet’s body is made up of approximately 70% water and will quickly perish without it. Ensure your pet can access fresh, clean water at all times.
Carbohydrates supply energy and come from sugars, starch, and fibre from plant sources. Carbohydrates help energize the brain and muscles, making your pet bright and active.
Fats also supply energy and in the right amounts help build strong cells and promote nutrient absorption. Too much fat however, can lead to such obesity-related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis.
Proteins are required for a healthy coat, skin, and nails. Your pet’s body uses the amino acids in proteins to make enzymes and hormones in the blood stream and to maintain a healthy immune system. Proteins can come from plant and meat sources, but cats and dogs need a high-quality animal protein.
Vitamins and minerals help regulate many body systems. For example, your pet needs the minerals calcium and phosphorous for strong bones. Antioxidant vitamins like vitamin E and C help boost your pet’s immune system during times of stress.
Behavioural problems can be due to behavioural causes, medical causes, or both. Our veterinarians will investigate behavioural problems by obtaining a full history and conducting a full examination (sometimes your pet may require blood orurine tests to rule out underlying medical conditions) to accurately diagnose a problem. Behavioural problems are often the combined effect of many factors, including your pet’s environment and learning.
Genetics can also predispose your pet to some behaviours, however the expression of those behaviours will depend on your pet’s early socialisation and training.
Changes in the environment may contribute to the emergence of behavioural problems. For example, changes in routine, a new member of the household (pet, baby or spouse), moving house, or the loss of a family member or pet can have a dramatic impact on behaviour.
The Covid pandemic has directly impacted family and pet routines. As we shift back to a more normal lifestyle, some pets are struggling to adjust. A consultation with our veterinary team can help to discuss behaviour modification techniques, pheromone therapy and medications that can be used. Please note, behaviour modification is not a quick fix, even medications will take time to reach therapeutic levels.
Learning also plays a part in many behavioural problems. Early training and socialisation is essential to have a happy, well-adjusted pet. Punishment of behavioural problems often worsens the situation and it is very important that professional advice is obtained as soon as the problem appears to effectively resolve it. Positive reinforcement is the preferred method for changing behaviour, however this also needs to be used carefully as it can encourage undesirable behaviour if used incorrectly.
Pet insurance is becoming more and more popular in Australia. Pet insurance has the ability to offer you peace of mind, Pending your policy cover, some or all of the veterinary treatment costs may be reimbursed, in the unfortunate event of your pet being involved in an accident or suffers a sudden illness.
Pre-existing conditions, injuries or illnesses aren’t covered by all insurance companies or policies, so the best advise is to secure your policy nice and early, when ownership commences and read your policy inclusions closely.
Ensure thorough research is done when choosing the best policy for you and your family.
Pain relief is available for a variety of acute and chronic conditions (eg. Arthritis, back pain) after consultation with our veterinary team for the most suitable plan.
Here at Coast Animal Health we understand that many members of our community are facing extenuating circumstances and financial pressures, so we’ve decided to reduce our 24hour cancellation period to 3hours. With this in mind, no shows or cancellations made within 3hours of your scheduled appointment will incur a $50 fee to be paid prior to your next appointment.
Coast offer several alternative payment methods (Afterpay, VetPay & ZIP). Please ensure you advise our staff if you are paying by these methods, so we can accommodate your needs and that your accounts are set up prior to payment.